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July 21, 2013

Watch the book trailer for ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope’ — EXCLUSIVE

Star Wars…in iambic pentameter?! What is this awesome madness?!

July 14, 2013

Review: Pacfic Rim (2013)

Review by me (Beth Matthews) of the new Guillermo del Toro Giant Robots vs. Giant Monsters film: PACIFIC RIM. I quite like it. 🙂

E.D. Walker

For anyone who’s been living under a rock: Pacific Rim, the new Guillermo del Toro film, came out this weekend. I saw it tonight with a bunch of screenwriter buddies.

(and I wore these as part of my outfit…

earrings…I amuse myself…)

So, Pacific Rim!

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Short synopsis? Giant robots vs. Giant monsters

Slightly longer synopsis? (taken from imdb.com) “As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures [ed. Kaiju] wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon [ed. Jaeger] in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.”

And here’s the trailer:

Basically, this is Godzilla meets Big-O.

And it is an AMAZING pairing.

All right, let’s just get this out of the way right now: I loved this movie. LOVED. IT. I haven’t enjoyed a new movie in the theater so much…

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February 20, 2013

The Truth About the Tolkein Eagles!

The Truth About the Tolkein Eagles!

At last. We know why the Fellowship walked!

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January 3, 2013

Happy birthday, Professor Tolkein!

Happy birthday, Professor Tolkein!

This amuses me. Oh so much.

September 29, 2012

E.D. Walker

OK, I know. Who doesn’t love Tom Hiddleston nowadays? He’s tall, he’s gorgeous, he’s BRITISH. Which is pretty much always a trifecta of WIN.

But, I gotta say, as beautiful as he is, what I really love most about him is his talent. (No, that’s not a euphemism. Oy, get your mind out of the gutter. *stern face*)

See, even in the relatively cheese popcorn world of Marvel superhero movies (which I LOVE with reckless abandon, don’t get me wrong) I feel like Hiddleston is still always a scene stealer. As Loki (In Thor and The Avengers) he injects a lot of richness and depth, and I think in another actor’s hands Loki could have just another mustache twirling cardboard cutout of a villain. But Hiddleson makes the character nuanced, interesting and appealing.

Check out this scene below from Thor, and think about the different layers in Hiddleston’s…

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July 4, 2012

E.D. Walker

Well, I don’t know about y’all but I’m planning to celebrate our nation’s birthday by baby-sitting my nephew today! One of the joys of having a relative who works for a theme park. They work all the holidays everybody else gets off. It’s ok, though. Gonna have a day with the nevvy. Our local theater’s open so we’re going to see Brave and have some luncheon (if we can find a restaurant that’s open…)

But, in honor of our nation’s birthday, I thought it might be fun to post my most favorite patriotic (;P) video. Enjoy! And happy 4th! 😀

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May 15, 2012

Trailer Roundup: Upcoming New Shows

The dust has settled and now that it seems the networks have finalized their 2012-2013 lineups, we’re getting a first glimpse of what’s in store for us genre fans this year. Let’s take a look-see:

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“Revolution”
Fifteen years after a massive electrical blackout has effectively reeled civilization back to the dark ages, our heroine is living a quiet post-apocalyptic life when BAM! a militia shows up and murders her father – who as it turns out just MIGHT have known something about the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future… and so on.

Obviously created to tap in to the popularity of series like The Walking Dead”, the popular hysteria of “Doomsday Preppers” and that “Left Behind” nonsense, NBC execs seem to be banking on the idea that audiences will be fascinated enough by the apocalypse this year (2012 hello) to spend a few of what precious hours they have left on this earth watching this precious television program. After watching this promo it appears to be simply all the action bits from “The Walking Dead”, minus the gore (for the sensitive folks), with a sprinkling of quick-edit kung-fu. Verdict: I like my characters developed, I’ll be sticking with “The Walking Dead”.

The series stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth, Graham Rogers, J.D. Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria Howell, Tim Guinee and Andrea Roth.
Premiere Monday, September 10, Airs Mondays at 10P.

ABC

Zero Hour
The trailer opens on Hank and Laila – A seemingly happy couple who exchange happy couple banter on a boardwalk in the town they just moved to. As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. But when Laila is abducted from her antique clock shop (BTW, this is a job?), Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries. Oh, and it involves alien Nazi babies.

I have to admit I was thrown by the intrusive narration and the sheer whininess of Hank’s character even in the few short scenes where he actually has something to say. Verdict: Intrigued, but cautious. Hank seems like a pansy.

The series stars stars Anthony Edwards, Carmen Ejogo, Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, Jacinda Barrett and Michael Nyqvist.

The Neighbors
City-dweller Marty Weaver buys the new home of his dreams out in the ‘burbs, only to discover, to his wife’s horror that the neighbors are aliens masquerading as suburbanites. The plot of “The Neighbors” is nice and simple a la “Coneheads”, “ALF” or “Third Rock from the Sun”, and while the series will likely go exactly where these titles have gone before, there should still be plenty of laughs left to mine.

The series stars Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman, Jami Gertz, Toks Olagundoye, Tim Jo, Isabella Cramp, Clara Mamet, Ian Patrick and Max Charles.

 

November 25, 2011

Guide to Green Games

Last week was G4’s Green Week and they published this article about games that are green friendly. Yes, just like board games. Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, many families are still together. What a better time to get the whole gang and play one of these games.

Samurai

Do you know how much power they used in ancient Japan? Zero watts per hour. Samurai swords were banged out by hand, rice paddies were farmed by hand, and all of that fancy brushwork was done by … brush. But you know, while held in a hand. The Japanese had to rely on people power to get things done, and that’s exactly what you have to do in this area control game by prolific game designer Reiner Knizia. Warriors, priests, and peasants become your pawns are you try to capture places of power across the provinces of old Japan.

While you’re doing this, you’re keeping your pieces hidden behind your screens and looking to stick it to your fellow players. Going green might mean conserving energy, but it doesn’t mean you have to play nice. With high-quality ceramic pieces and awesome artwork, Samurai deserves a place on your table, even if you’re playing by candlelight.

 

Galaxy Trucker

In the future, making a buck as a company is tough because shipping parts all over the galaxy is a real pain in the ass. You have to build ships, hire pilots, and then wait for those ships to come back and do it all over again. So Corporation Incorporated has the bright idea to mash the parts together to make the ships, and then hire people off the street to fly them. That’s where you come in! It’s your job to get your rig to the outer bounds of the galaxy and turn a profit.

Along the way you’ll be looking for batteries to power up your weapons, fending off aliens, exploring derelicts, and dueling with your fellow truckers. Intergalaxy commerce ain’t easy, but Galaxy Trucker makes it extremely fun.

Formula D

F1 racing may not have caught on in the United States like NASCAR did, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it on your tabletop. This game boils down what makes this type of racing fun: slipstreaming, drifting, high speeds, and hairpin turns and adds illegal street racing, custom cars, nitrous, and more. With different cars, drives, and gearboxes that you have to keep track of, Formula D packs in more multiplayer fun than F1 2011. (Sorry, Codemasters!)

But all of this high octane action doesn’t come without a price. If you head into a turn too fast, you can blow your engine, drop car parts, or litter the track with oil slicks. That means you’ll have plenty of obstacles to dodge if you manage to make it around the bend again. With tons of additional tracks, Formula D will be in your wheelhouse for months to come.

Diplomacy

Backstabbing. Invasions. Retreats. Political intrigue. Diplomacy offers all of that, and much more. Players play one of the seven great countries of Europe in the years prior to WWI: Great Britain, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Russia or Turkey. With only two unit types, fleets and armies, it’s all about issuing orders, and setting up alliances with the other countries, or deciding to lie to them outright and do something completely unexpected when it comes time to issue orders.

There are so many websites devoted to all of the different strategies and opening moves in Diplomacy that you would think it was chess, but it’s much more fun than that. Technically, you could play this game without the board at all, but the Wizards of the Coast version comes with nifty bits and makes keeping track of everything much easier. Word of warning: friendships have been shaken to their core over this game!

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Dungeons & Dragons is the ultimate in sword and sorcery, magic and melee, dragon and dagger gameplay. Without it, we wouldn’t be playing games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and World of Warcraft. They’re all descended from the game that began for many people with graph paper, a pencil, and a some oddly-shaped dice. The good news is that D&D is still that very same game, and you can enjoy it all over again or for the very first time since they reintroduced the Red Box.

But, it’s also so much more than that. These days the game has a presence just about everywhere, including in the tabletop gaming world. Last year, Wizard of the Coast impressed with the first D&D board game that used their new Adventure System, Castle Ravenloft. They followed that one up with Wrath of Ashardalon, and then just recently they added Legend of Drizzt to the mix. If that wasn’t enough, and if you were looking more strategic adventuring rather than just dungeon delving, they also gave us Conquest of Nerath.

Tumblin-Dice

Sometimes the most basic of game premises, while low power, can yield bigtime fun. You don’t always need big strategy, zillions of pieces, and some sort of futuristic concept. Tumblin-Dice is much simpler than all of that. In fact, it’s so low-fi that it can be played with just one finger. That is, if you use the flick. Tumblin-Dice is all about rolling your dice, one by one, and trying to get them onto one of the higher-scoring tiers. The trouble is, those tiers aren’t easy to hit. So you have to use the wrist, the push, the thump, the flick, or many other different die-rolling moves to try and get it done.

At our game nights, Tumblin-Dice is always our starter, and more often than not we always come back to it. There’s something truly addicting about the wood board and the dice.  Trying playing that one on your StationBox 720!

November 17, 2011

Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Full Trailer

Pixar has released their first full trailer for Brave, starring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson. I am so mesmerized by Merida’s hair…

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

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November 15, 2011

DC Nation on Cartoon Network

During Friday’s premiere of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the Cartoon Network showed a cool teaser trailer showing off their upcoming “DC Nation” programming block. The shows will include Green Lantern, Young Justice, and the upcoming Beware the Batman, and are scheduled to debut in 2012. The will also be short videos and animation, including an Aardman Animations-produced Batman claymation, “Gotham City Impostors,” “Blue Beetle,” chibi-style “Teen Titans” and “Lego Batman.”

 

 

[via GeekTyrant]